“Do you think wearing or carrying a good luck piece protects you?” This was our topic of conversation over lunch with eight of my girlfriends. I asked them what they wore, carried with them or collected and their responses were all over the map -- because superstitions related to luck date back to the beginning of mankind.
These were their answers.
“I wear a four leaf clover from Ireland.” “I hang the Evil Eye from Turkey in my home.” “I wear my mother’s Saint Christopher’s medal from the Vatican." “I wear three tiny St. Jude charms from a hospital chapel.” “I wear a hamsa.” "I have an elephant collection with the trunks up from Africa.” “I carry a $2.00 bill from America.” “I wear a Chi from Israel.”
I brought up the “good luck” question because I was thinking about my own luck as I walked to the restaurant to meet the girls. I thought to myself that my choices and my diligence are the engine that drives my train towards luck. I am the master of my fate, however, there have been many times I survived due to luck.
Just like my girlfriends, I have my own good luck pieces! My Lion of Judea Pin -- I wear when I travel, my red kabbalah string from Jerusalem is worn until it falls off and then replaced with a new string and my lucky pendant is worn around my neck, only to be taken off when I have a mammogram!
I want to share their meaning with pictures and one story of truly unbelievable good fortune -- finding my lost Lion of Judea Pin! My husband, Shelly, says it is a story to share, so here you go...
MY LION OF JUDEA PIN
My Lion of Judea Pin is worn when I travel. I feel it holds up the plane. I consider this piece “my good luck travel protector.”
While I was hiking on uncut terrain in Peru, I noticed my pin was gone! Arriving home, I received a call from the organization that gave me the pin the very next day. “I received a phone call from a Rabbi hiking the same path as you in Machu Picchu. He told me the sun’s rays shone down on your gold pin.” The Rabbi immediately recognized the pin and its significance because Jewish women belonging to a charitable organization for the needy and Israel wear their Lion of Judea pin as a symbol of commitment. The back of my pin had my name and the identification of the city. The Rabbi went online, called the organization in Chicago and asked if they new who SUZI was. I had nothing to do with inscribing anything on my pin, but my pin was returned to me. I was able to meet the Rabbi and personally thank him. It is still protecting me on my travels. Good Luck? Good Karma? I think so.
MY RED KABBALAH STRING PROTECTS ME FROM HARM AND EVIL
I wear a Kabbalah red string to protect me from “all harm and evil” on my left wrist -- closest to my heart. I wear it until it falls off on its own. My husband also wears one. The string is plain yarn, blessed by a Rabbi at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and very primitive. I knot the string seven times because the number seven is a lucky number in the Bible. Personally, the number seven is my lucky number. My daughters and I have sevens in our birthdates and so does my first-born grandson.
MY GOLD CHARM AND MY CHI SYMBOLIZE LUCK, FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE
I wear my “good luck” charm around my neck with several different symbols of good luck pieces that are molded onto the disc. It has universal signs of luck in the design. A tiny charm called a “chi,” meaning “long life” in Hebrew, was brought back from Israel and gifted to me from my brother, “love” also dangles on my chain. Four of my girlfriends also wear the charm.
I wish I knew what creates a person’s good luck. I do know this: when I touch the charm around my neck, glance as my red string or wear my Lion of Judea, I feel luck surround me and that is all that matters.
I am sure that many of you have good luck charms and collections. Please share with our team and community of women your good luck stories and your pictures of the pieces you wear and collect.
Do Something GOOD Today: Find your own good luck charm or share one with your grandchild!